still 46 destinations closed to tourists

Secondo l’Unwto Travel Restrictions Report, 46 destinations (21% of all destinations worldwide) currently have their borders completely closed to the tourists. Of these, 26 destinations have their borders completely closed since at least the end of April 2020. Another 55 (25% of all global destinations) continue to have their borders partially closed to international tourism and 112 destinations (52% of all destinations) require international tourists to present a PCR or antigen test on arrival.

The research also shows how destinations are opening up to vaccinated international tourists: 85 destinations (39% of all destinations in the world) have relaxed restrictions for fully vaccinated international tourists, while 20 destinations (9% of all world destinations) they did a full Covid- 19 compulsory vaccination for entry to a destination for tourism purposes. However, only four destinations have so far completely lifted all restrictions related to Covid-19 (Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico).

UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili says: «The relaxation or safe removal of travel restrictions is essential for the restart of tourism and the return of the social and economic benefits that the sector offers. The trend towards destinations adopting evidence-based approaches to restrictions reflects the evolving nature of the pandemic and will also help restore confidence in travel, while helping to keep both tourists and tourism workers safe.

As in previous editions of the Unwto Travel Restrictions Report, this latest report shows that regional differences remain regarding travel restrictions. Asia and the Pacific remain the region with the most restrictions in place, with 65% of all destinations completely closed. By comparison, Europe is the global region most open to international tourists (7% of borders completely closed), followed by Africa (9%), the Americas (10%) and the Middle East (15%).

The ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic further underline the importance of national authorities ensuring that immigration procedures and requirements are delivered in a timely, reliable and consistent manner across all information systems and platforms, to maintain trust and further facilitate international mobility.